Saturday Sports Roundup: Late free throws sink Grizzlies in district seeding game


Chinooks 56, Grizzlies 53

KELSO — Kalama made a slew of free throws in the final minute to hold off Hoquiam and claim third place in the District IV Class 1A Tournament on Saturday at Kelso.

The Grizzlies (17-7) had a final shot come off the rim, landing them in fourth place to play the winner of the Kings-Cedar Park Christian game in the regionals at a date and time to be determined.

The Grizzlies were ahead for most of the game and were locked in a 49-all deadlock in the final minute. Then, with 41 seconds to go in the game, Kalama’s Hunter Esary made a two-point basket and he was fouled by Blake Kelly, who then fouled out. A technical foul was called on Kelly as well. Esary made the free throw to complete the three-point play, then Kalama’s Elijah Bannister made the two technical foul free throws to give the Chinooks a 54-59 lead.

With 29 seconds to go in the game, Hoquiam’s Evan Newton made a 3-pointer, was fouled and converted the free throw to narrow the deficit to 54-53.

The Grizzlies had to foul in order to get the ball back at the end of the game and Kalama’s lead scorer Jerad Shagool (18 points all together) sank both three throws to extend the margin to three. Newton’s final shot came off the rim.

Newton was the leading scorer for the Grizzlies with 15 points and six steals. Blake Kelly had a triple-double before he fouled out with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.

“We have to just move on to the next game and put this one behind us,” said HHS head coach Curtis Eccles. “We were in control the whole game until this happened.”

Hoquiam 14 11 14 14 — 53

Kalama 13 7 17 19 — 56

Hoquiam (53) — Newton 15, B. Kelly 12, Adams 10, Steen 9, D. Kelly 3, Brydon 2, Varner 2, White, Anderson, Oliver. FG — 21-62 (.339). FT — 4-9.

Kalama (56) — Shagool 18, Esary 11, Bannister 9, Gates 8, Truesdell 4, Freeman 3, Stones 3. FG — 21-70 (.300). FT — 9-14.

Loggers 50, Vikings 39

CENTRALIA — Travis McMillion was unstoppable with 27 points as Onalaska topped Willapa Valley for third place in the District IV Class 2B Tournament on Saturday at Centralia.

The Vikings (20-5) came away with fourth place and will play the winner of the Bear Creek/Auburn Adventist Academy in the regionals next weekend at a site to be determined.

Stephen Camenzind led the Vikings with 20 points. Heavily-guarded Matt Konigsberger managed eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds, dished up four assists and added two blocks.

“Despite both teams being tired, you could not have asked for a better day,” said Valley head coach John Peterson. “We missed a lot of shots and McMillion is an outstanding player and difficult to defend.”

Peterson praised Camenzind for going 9-0f-15 from the floor with two 3-pointers. He also commended Konigsberger for a good floor game.

The Vikings are looking forward to regionals next weekend.

“We are not done yet,” added Peterson.

W. Valley 11 6 11 11 — 39

Onalaska 15 9 13 13 — 50

Willapa Valley (39) — Sagen, Buchanan 6, Konigsberger 8, Oblad 3, Gray 2, Pearson, Camenzind 20. FG — 16-47 (.340). FT — 3-5.

Onalaska (50) — Neilson 12, Smalley 5, Modica 2, Taylor, Lawrence, Hall 4, McMillion 27. FG — 17-45 (.378). FT — 9-14.


Bobcats at state

FEDERAL WAY — Aberdeen managed a pair of 15th-place finishes in the State 2A Boys Swimming Championships on Friday at Federal Way.

Bobcat freshman Dustin Young placed 15th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.82.

The AHS 200-yard freestyle team of Young, Keegan Shippey, Seth Caba and Brandon Grigsby also wound up 15th at 1:38.44.

Those were the only Bobcat qualifers for the consolation finals. The top eight from Friday’s qualifying advanced to the championship finals, while the next eight made it to the consolation finals.

“The gys were really excited to get up there and swim those last few races..and did their best,” AHS coach Rebecca Rowe commented. “Good meet all around and I’m proud of how they did.”


Chokers swept

The Lower Columbia College men took a thriller from Grays Harbor College, 86-84, in GHC’s season basketball finale’ on Saturday at Sam Benn Gym.

Grays Harbor’s Bryan McGriff led all scorers with 24 points, while Darryl Larkins added 15 and Bryan Irion and K.C. Harrison 11 points each for the Chokers.

The Red Devils also took the women’s game, 85-51, despite 14 points from Emily Cox and 11 from Amber Fifield.

Details were not reported. The Choker men ended the season at 5-11 in league and 8-17 overall. Grays Harbor’s women finished at 1-15 in league and 3-22 overall.


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